Tilbury 2, Canvey Island 6
TILBURY suffered a second half collapse as Canvey secured their position at the top of the Bostik North with a handsome victory.
For Dockers, other than topping the entertainment table by sharing 37 goals in their last six matches, the time may have come for a defensive overhaul.
Tilbury had made a bright start, with Aaron Waters’ early shot hitting the woodwork before Gulls took the lead in the 13th minute when Sam Collins unleashed a superb low shot into the bottom corner.
After the visitors had spurned a couple of chances to extend their lead Tilbury equalised on 35 minutes when Ryan Melaugh set off on a determined run to the edge of the area before finding the back of the net via the inside of Henry Newcombe’s left hand goalpost.
The hosts weren’t on level terms for long, as two minutes later Canvey were back in front. An under hit backpass from George Pullen in the right back position towards his goalkeeper was seized upon by Mitchell Gilbey who got to the ball first and rounded the keeper. Siju Odelusi managed to get back on the line to make life difficult, but rather than snatch at the shot Gilbey kept his composure to slot home.
The goals kept coming, and on 42 minutes Tilbury drew level once again. This time the dangerous Adam Vyse set off on a similar run to the one that Melaugh had embarked on earlier in the half, although unlike his strike partner Vyse picked out the opposite bottom corner to score with a classy finish.
Canvey took the lead for the third time six minutes into the second half when George Sykes’ incisive pass set up Gilbey to smash the ball home
The entertainment continued when Luke Hornsley thumped the ball against against Newcombe’s crossbar but it was It was 4-2 on 59 minutes when Elliott Warren slammed home his first goal for the Gulls.
The two goal advantage was kept intact thanks to an excellent save from Newcombe from Toby Aromolaran and the points were effectively sealed three minutes later when Gilbey unselfishly teed up Ryan Charles who scored with a neat low finish from 18 yards.
The last action of the match saw Canvey round off the scoring in spectacular circumstances. Collins spotted keeper Clarke Bogard off his line and decided to pull the trigger from five yards inside his own half. Bogard backpedalled frantically and got his left hand to the ball but was unable to prevent it from crossing the line.